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Are You Using The Right Version For Your Sage Cover?

You really should check ...

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POSTED BY ALISON MEAD ON 12/11/2018 @ 8:00AM

I was asked to quote a prospective client today for an upgrade from Sage Instant Accounts to the latest version 25 of Sage 50c Essentials today. This led me to an interesting discovery ...

Do you know if you're using the right version of Sage? Call me, I can help!

Do you know if you're using the right version of Sage? Call me, I can help!

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I called Sage and was told that this client was paying for Sage Cover Extra which means they were entitled to download and install the latest Version 25 of Sage 50 Accounts Essentials already.

"They were entitled to the software as
part of the cover!"

Sage Instant Accounts was discontinued in 2016, so this Sage user has been paying for software for two years which they have not used.

It is down to the user to download and upgrade to the latest version of Sage software if you pay for Sage Cover Extra, so do double check your own Sage subscription and make sure you are using the latest version of the software which you are entitled to.

It doesn't make a massive difference at the moment, except that if you are paying for cover you don't use for software you are not installing then you are wasting your money.

When Making Tax Digital comes in it, will be more important to keep your software fully up to date as only the latest versions will be compliant with the HMRC rules of the moment.

You also have the option of purchasing a software-only subscription through Silicon Bullet, and then just paying for support from us as and when you need it instead of paying for cover you never actually use.

As a comparison for pricing, Sage 50c Essentials software license is £20 per month plus VAT. A Xero subscription with comparable functionality is £22 per month plus VAT.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you're unsure whether you're using the latest version of Sage then do check out the Help>About page and do give me a call on 01604 420057 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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More about Alison Mead ...

Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.

She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.

Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.

You know what they say: if you want something done well ask a busy person!


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